June 20, 2006

The Mic in ON in Tuscany!

published this at 7:00 pm

It’s Like Open Mike Only Different

Here’s how it works.

open mike night

The rules are simple — be nice.

It’s like any rambling conversation. Don’t try to read it all. Jump in whenever you get here. . . . Just go to the end and start talking. EVERYONE is WELCOME.

Tuscany

[Thank you to Jan Koster for the use of his beautiful picture.]

Here’s what we might be talking about:

Tonight after 7pm Chicago Time

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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461 Comments to “The Mic in ON in Tuscany!”

  1. June 20th, 2006 at 7:02 pm
    Chris Cree said

    No Comments??!! Whazzup wid-dat?!

  2. June 20th, 2006 at 7:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Joe went out to dinner first.

  3. June 20th, 2006 at 7:03 pm
    Trisha said

    I haven’t had time to come by here in a while – looks like there’s some good posts I need to read!

    Need to plant something, eat something and water some stuff first though – then I’ll be back!

  4. June 20th, 2006 at 7:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Trisha!
    Tuscany. Great wine. We’ll save some for you!

  5. June 20th, 2006 at 7:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris,
    Did the mission go okay for the special event tomorrow. Sssshhh

  6. June 20th, 2006 at 7:06 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Yupper. Everything’s set. She conveniently went to a networking event so I could get everything ready for the morning…

  7. June 20th, 2006 at 7:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    She’s a wise one, What kind of morning is it going to be?

  8. June 20th, 2006 at 7:08 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, I’ll pass on the wine tonight. I kinda had my share of (whine) earlier.

  9. June 20th, 2006 at 7:09 pm
    Chris Cree said

    We’re going low budget this year by mutual agreement. So it will be quiet and low key. Small gift (what she wanted) and an awesome card. First one I picked up. That never happens. I usually spend hours finding the right card.

  10. June 20th, 2006 at 7:10 pm
    ME Strauss said

    So what, can I serve you. I nice fruit juice, a cappacinno?

  11. June 20th, 2006 at 7:12 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I thought maybe you built her a whole new blog on veterinary medicine with a flash template. :)

    That sounds a lot like what we do. Money isn’t what it used to be.

  12. June 20th, 2006 at 7:13 pm
    Chris Cree said

    As long as we are in Europe, I think I’ll go for coffee and chocolates, please.

    Gorgeous and I want to go on a tour of the continent one day, staying in B&B’s and sampling the coffee and chocolates along the way.

  13. June 20th, 2006 at 7:14 pm
    Chris Cree said

    She’s not into the blogging thing. At all. Doesn’t get my obsession. But that’s OK. I’m the geeky on in this family.

  14. June 20th, 2006 at 7:15 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Have you done much traveling outside the US of A?

  15. June 20th, 2006 at 7:15 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Happy to do the coffee and chocolates. i have a new Belgium chocolate it’s 82% cacao. It’s there right next to the lighter 62% and th 53% and the 40% and 30%. The coffee will be a minute. It’s a new machine. :)

  16. June 20th, 2006 at 7:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, I’ve been out of the US quite a bit. I used to take one business trip around the world that was 30-32 days long every year for 6 or 7 years. It was incredible.

  17. June 20th, 2006 at 7:18 pm
    Chris Cree said

    MMMmmmmhhhmmmpphhphh….

    {eyes rolling back in his head} :roll:

  18. June 20th, 2006 at 7:18 pm
    Joe said

    Ok,
    Now I understand, it wasn’t MY picture, it was one of the Tuscany pictures… :-)
    Joe
    ps. Shrip Lejoune I think, Shrimp wrapped in bacon and broiled.
    Very tasty MMMmmmm
    J.

  19. June 20th, 2006 at 7:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Joe,
    After dinner coffee, cappacinno and chocolate?

  20. June 20th, 2006 at 7:20 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I’ve seen a good bit of Europe and a little bit of Asia back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Gorgeous lived in Australia for a year about the same time frame. And we’ve both been down to Brazil…

    Where was your favorite place to visit?

  21. June 20th, 2006 at 7:21 pm
    Joe said

    How do you spell appertiff?

  22. June 20th, 2006 at 7:21 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hey Joe!

    You ever traveled outside the USA?

  23. June 20th, 2006 at 7:23 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, my rule is that when the word isn’t really English, it doesn’t much matter as long as it is close. :)

  24. June 20th, 2006 at 7:23 pm
    Joe said

    Chris,
    Does Montreal count???

  25. June 20th, 2006 at 7:24 pm
    Trisha said

    Still too hot out to plant anything.

  26. June 20th, 2006 at 7:25 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I love everywhere. I love the people. I love the views. I love pretending that I from where I am. I love trying to communicate in another language. I love seeing folks respond to me.

  27. June 20th, 2006 at 7:25 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hey Trisha!

    You ever travel outside the USA?

  28. June 20th, 2006 at 7:25 pm
    Joe said

    I’ve been to every state on the eastern seaboard and up to Montreal and Quebec. Never even crossed the border to Ohio.

  29. June 20th, 2006 at 7:26 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi TrishA!!

    YES, of course, Montreal counts!

    Italy might be the winner.

  30. June 20th, 2006 at 7:26 pm
    Trisha said

    No, I never get to go anywhere. Unless you count like about a one hour trip over the border into Mexico when I was a little kid one time.

  31. June 20th, 2006 at 7:27 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I’ve been to Italy. A bunch.

  32. June 20th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    Joe said

    Is this the same Trisha from Germany that comments on my blog?
    If so, I think it counts as outside the US.

  33. June 20th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I have weird feelings about Mexico. I keep thinking I’ll get stopped crossing the border for something I didn’t do and end up in a Mexican jail. Too many movies I think.

  34. June 20th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    Trisha said

    I’d like to go somewhere sometime.

  35. June 20th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Italy is lovely, the food, the people, the eye contact, the romance.

  36. June 20th, 2006 at 7:29 pm
    Joe said

    But, Mexico still counts.

  37. June 20th, 2006 at 7:30 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I probably shoulda ended up in a Mexican jail. Tiajuana. Back in the Navy days.

    That was evil Chris. He’s dead now. We killed him.

  38. June 20th, 2006 at 7:30 pm
    Chris Cree said

    So does Montreal!

  39. June 20th, 2006 at 7:30 pm
    Trisha said

    Mexico would count, that was such a short trip though and a long time ago.

  40. June 20th, 2006 at 7:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I did a whole week of posts that were an imaginary vacation in Italy on my writing blog last February. I was so tired of the Chicago gray sky. Some folks started posting alongside with other events. We went to Key West first. Then to Tuscany and Umbria — Land of St. Francis of Assissi

  41. June 20th, 2006 at 7:31 pm
    Joe said

    Liz,
    I’m supprised you didn’t tell Trisha to look at the picture of Tuscany, close her eyes and imagine…

  42. June 20th, 2006 at 7:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Evil Chris. He is the foil to Spiderman Chris. Are you sure he’s really dead? Villains re never really dead.

  43. June 20th, 2006 at 7:33 pm
    Joe said

    Tell that to the Gremlin….

  44. June 20th, 2006 at 7:33 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Why Joe, you just did that for me. Thank you.

    Trisha, close you eyes and look at the picture of Tuscany and imagine . . .

    Then tell me, do you think that evil Chris is really dead or will he come back in the next scene of this movie?

  45. June 20th, 2006 at 7:33 pm
    Chris Cree said

    He’s dead. I’m sure. I had some help killing him.

  46. June 20th, 2006 at 7:34 pm
    Joe said

    or was that the Green Goblin????

  47. June 20th, 2006 at 7:35 pm
    Trisha said

    Looking at a picture and imagining doesn’t cost the same as flying somewhere does it?

  48. June 20th, 2006 at 7:35 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Spidey Chris sometimes gets into hot water because of his alter ego, Plain Old Chris.

    But Evil Chris died several episodes back.

  49. June 20th, 2006 at 7:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris! Oh no!
    A death in the family . . . was it dastardly and bloody.

    or was it, as Joe says “The Green Goblin?”

  50. June 20th, 2006 at 7:36 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Trisha, we seem to have a frugal thing going on here tonight!

  51. June 20th, 2006 at 7:37 pm
    Joe said

    No Trish, it’s free, that’s the best thing about the imagination… :-)

  52. June 20th, 2006 at 7:37 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Okay, Liz invited me to be a part of this. And it reminds me of jump-rope on the black top in first grade and you have to figure out the best time to get in without messing up the rhythm… so here I am! (I always used to mess up the two people with the rope.)

  53. June 20th, 2006 at 7:38 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Oh, it was painful. For sure. Evil Chris put up a really good fight right to the end.

    But ultimately he was no match for the power of good that overcame and destroyed him.

    It was epic. And ordinary. All at the same time.

  54. June 20th, 2006 at 7:39 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hey Christine!

    (Cool name, by the way)

    There is no rythm here to mess up. Everyone jumps when they hit submit.

    It gets fun!

  55. June 20th, 2006 at 7:39 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Christine,
    Don’t trip, we are taking a survery, What other country other than the one you were born in have you visited? And did you ever meet Spiderman Chris when you were there?

  56. June 20th, 2006 at 7:40 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Okay… so it’s like IMing where you have about 14 strings of missed replies and dangling conversations?

  57. June 20th, 2006 at 7:40 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Christine,

    Everyone this is Christine,
    She’s a fabulous singer. 5 or 6 CDs You have to hear her.
    I’m her biggest fan.

    Christine leave a link here so they can go listen.

  58. June 20th, 2006 at 7:42 pm
    Christine Kane said

    countries…. peru, south africa (where i got hideously dumped by my boyfriend in the johannesburg airport), kenya, greece, england, germany, belgium, and holland. and canada too. since that counts. i was never jailed.

  59. June 20th, 2006 at 7:42 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Just went to her site. Whoa! We have a celebrity in our midst!

    Pleased to meet you Christine!

    But please know this can be a fairly silly place. Please don’t expect too much from us. :)

  60. June 20th, 2006 at 7:42 pm
    Joe said

    Christine,
    Why do you think they invented the REFRESH button?

  61. June 20th, 2006 at 7:42 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think that IMimg is saner.

    We’re sort of like Cheers meets friends while doing LSD and watching Dr Who on Successful Blog with Spiderman

  62. June 20th, 2006 at 7:43 pm
    Chris Cree said

    You know, I’ve heard South Africa can be not so nice. I don’t think I’ll put that on my list of must see’s

  63. June 20th, 2006 at 7:43 pm
    Christine Kane said

    so, really…you just keep hitting refresh over and over again? (kind of like how you keep checking your amazon affiliates link to see if you’ve made more than $1.69?)

  64. June 20th, 2006 at 7:44 pm
    Joe said

    Close Liz, but now that they have a different Dr Who playing Dr Who, Who is going to play Evil Chris on LSD while in the Cheers Saloon?

  65. June 20th, 2006 at 7:44 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Christine lay down that link so that I can post it tomorrow.

    By the way snacks and beverages are in the sidebar. Here’s the cappacinno and dark chocolate. The good stuff. Pizza is in the oven. What else is everyone having?

  66. June 20th, 2006 at 7:45 pm
    Christine Kane said

    South Africa is beautiful. Just avoid dating guys named Derrick prior to visiting. (of course, it’s probably wise to avoid dating guys named Derrick anyway!)

  67. June 20th, 2006 at 7:45 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, don’t forget the hoofstock…

  68. June 20th, 2006 at 7:46 pm
    Joe said

    Where’s my appertiff, please…

  69. June 20th, 2006 at 7:46 pm
    Christine Kane said

    liz, i just gave up coffee yesterday so don’t mention the cappucino. i’m dying.
    do you mean you want my web link?

  70. June 20th, 2006 at 7:47 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Joe, we’ll have to look to cast the role of Evil Chris . . .

    Meanwhile Christine never date a guy who’s name is a construction crane. That’s as bad as dating a guy who’s name is a verb.

    I want to go to South Africa next.

    CHRISTINE LAY DOWN THAT LINK.

  71. June 20th, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Evil Chris would have been no match for the Doctor. But then who is?

    No guys named Derrick. Got it. Of course I’ll not be dating any guys, thank you.

    But I imagine being named after a crane might create some issues.

    Liz, what was that rule? Never name anyone a noun?

  72. June 20th, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    Joe said

    Christine, an appertiff has no caffine, it should be safe to have.

  73. June 20th, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    Christine Kane said

    http://www.christinekane.com

    that link?

    and liz, you sounded so dominatrix like. i kind of jumped!

  74. June 20th, 2006 at 7:49 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sorry Joe, a little Sherry?

    Yes, Christine, your web link. How can I be your promoter, if you won’t let me show off your web link?

  75. June 20th, 2006 at 7:50 pm
    Joe said

    Yes please… hic

  76. June 20th, 2006 at 7:50 pm
    Christine Kane said

    joe, i’m still having caffeine. just not coffee. coffee makes me mean.

    liz, who did you date that was a verb?

    chris, you probably don’t want to date girls named derrick either.

  77. June 20th, 2006 at 7:50 pm
    Chris Cree said

    A link to Christine’s site

    http://www.ChristineKane.com

    (and I helped!)

  78. June 20th, 2006 at 7:50 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sorry, Christine,
    I really am the nice one. I just thought the type was so fast and small that you weren’t seeing me.

    Here have a cold one.

  79. June 20th, 2006 at 7:52 pm
    Christine Kane said

    liz, i just posted my web link. it’s up there. (i’d draw an arrow but i can’t) and it turned grey so it’s not in the text of the message. (can you tell i’m the least web savvy among this group?)

  80. June 20th, 2006 at 7:52 pm
    Mark Wade said

    W…

    Wi…

    Wik…

    Wiki…

    Fooledja! You thought I was gonna say W I K I P… Nope! I’m not gonna do it tonight! Not gonna say W I K I P E…

    DIA!!!

  81. June 20th, 2006 at 7:52 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Yes. Liz is the nice one here.

    The rest of us…

  82. June 20th, 2006 at 7:53 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Get the CRAYONS out!!! :lol:

  83. June 20th, 2006 at 7:53 pm
    Joe said

    Hey,
    Where’s Jack, you know, the donkey?

  84. June 20th, 2006 at 7:53 pm
    Brian Clark said

    What’s up everyone? Just want to share that my first child was conceived in Tuscany…

    OK, maybe that was a bit too much information. :)

  85. June 20th, 2006 at 7:53 pm
    Christine Kane said

    chris shaked! i baked!

    (i do hope this is what you were referring to when you wrote “and i helped!” cuz that little girl’s accent in that commercial is what i heard.)

  86. June 20th, 2006 at 7:53 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Christine,
    . . . let’s see,
    Oh yeah, verbs
    there was a Bob, a Pat, Eaton,

    I don’t think Chris or Joe should date a Derrick either. :)

  87. June 20th, 2006 at 7:53 pm
    Trisha said

    I’ll be back in a bit – if its a little cooler I’m going to plant my new liatris.

  88. June 20th, 2006 at 7:54 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Were you there at the time Brian? LOL…

  89. June 20th, 2006 at 7:55 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Brian! Mark!
    Meet Christine!

    Where’s Trisha!

    Brian that’s so cool!

  90. June 20th, 2006 at 7:55 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Christine, according to our esteemed host, the fact that you caught the reference makes you officially… ancient.

    Yes we beat her up pretty unmercifully for that slander too.

  91. June 20th, 2006 at 7:55 pm
    Joe said

    Ok, but were you there? JUST FOOLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. June 20th, 2006 at 7:55 pm
    Brian Clark said

    Hah… funny, Mark.

    No, I wasn’t.

    But if I catch that Italian bastard…

  93. June 20th, 2006 at 7:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Mark,
    I – i – I jusr realized that mark is a verb.
    I’m marking all over my flat screen again!

  94. June 20th, 2006 at 7:57 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Hello Christine ;-)

    I understand you’re a celeb?

    Hiya Liz – wassup? Hey Chris, Joe, Trisha et al…

  95. June 20th, 2006 at 7:57 pm
    Christine Kane said

    ancient? that commercial wasn’t all THAT old… and it was so completely obnoxious that you couldn’t help remembering it!

    liz, i dated a bob too. but he was sweet.

  96. June 20th, 2006 at 7:57 pm
    Trisha said

    I’m such a dork, that should have been posted before I left but it didn’t go through until now.

  97. June 20th, 2006 at 7:58 pm
    Trisha said

    Yes, I guess I am a bit frugal, but we will have to travel somewhere sometime.

  98. June 20th, 2006 at 7:58 pm
    Brian Clark said

    If anyone feels like jumping into a debate about RSS, stop by my place here:

    http://www.copyblogger.com/how-to-sell-rss/

    Can’t imagine why you’d want to, but people are weird like that.

  99. June 20th, 2006 at 7:58 pm
    Christine Kane said

    hi mark. not a celeb.

  100. June 20th, 2006 at 7:58 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That’s okay, Trisha,
    We posted so much in-between it seems like you were gone and just now came back. :)

  101. June 20th, 2006 at 7:58 pm
    Joe said

    Are there any GIRLS names that are Verbs?
    I should be safe if I date a girl, right?

  102. June 20th, 2006 at 7:59 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I once was reduced to near uselessness by an Italian air traffic controller when he said over the radio, in a perfect Marx Brothers accent

    “You’re lookin-a good-da. Don’t a-toucha nut-en.”

    Good thing I wasn’t the pilot or we might have crashed.

  103. June 20th, 2006 at 7:59 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Mark could be a noun eh?

    Couldn’t resist Brian, please forgive… :-)

  104. June 20th, 2006 at 7:59 pm
    Christine Kane said

    joe, i think the biggest thing is to not go to south africa to meet the person you are dating after they’ve gone over there for six months to do volunteer work… ESPECIALLY if their name is derrick. girl or boy.

  105. June 20th, 2006 at 7:59 pm
    Brian Clark said

    Anyone watching the Mavs tonight?

  106. June 20th, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, I’d stay away from Sue.

    I’m just saying…

  107. June 20th, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    Joe said

    Gonna get a hair cut, back in about 10

  108. June 20th, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Brian I think you should tell those guys to lighten up.

    It’s too late to be talking about such stuff.

  109. June 20th, 2006 at 8:02 pm
    Mark Wade said

    I’ll be watching the game in between.

  110. June 20th, 2006 at 8:03 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Brian, all that talk about re-naming RSS.

    Why not just call it “feed”? It’s short, non-technical. And it already is part of both RSS feed and Atom feed.

    Seems like a natural to me.

  111. June 20th, 2006 at 8:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Girl verbs include Cher, Pat, Di

  112. June 20th, 2006 at 8:05 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Anyone here bi-lingual or got any feedback on Google Tranlate?

  113. June 20th, 2006 at 8:06 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Good names, liz. Were you sitting there racking your brain? or did you just come up with them?

    chris, “feed” is a very good idea. my town is getting very froo-froo now that the rich people are moving here and all the restaurants are now called just one word.. like “TABLE” and “FIG.” it seems to be the new branding thing. FEED. It works. maybe i’ll open a restaurant.

  114. June 20th, 2006 at 8:07 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Nice article Brian. Content Feeds works better for me. Rubel who?

  115. June 20th, 2006 at 8:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Google translate is stinky. It never translates the pages I really need it to. I have readers write about this site and I don’t know what they are saying because they are writing in Turkish or Portugese and Google, Alta Vista, none of them can help.

  116. June 20th, 2006 at 8:08 pm
    Chris Cree said

    See, Brian. One self-professed non-technical vote already!

    Why are we wracking our brains when the answer is right in front of us?

  117. June 20th, 2006 at 8:09 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah Mark, Brian’s article is great — as always. (I’m thinking about having Angelo and Pasquale talk to him about that). It’s the discussion that’s getting a little anal.

  118. June 20th, 2006 at 8:09 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, you’re saying that machines still can’t master the nuances of language yet, eh?

  119. June 20th, 2006 at 8:10 pm
    Christine Kane said

    as non-technical as you can get. i’m reading each of your blogs now. i need google translate.

  120. June 20th, 2006 at 8:10 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Christine,
    I rack my brain most of the time. That’s why it rattles so much when I write.

  121. June 20th, 2006 at 8:10 pm
    Trisha said

    Mine are still labeled RSS on my blogs.

  122. June 20th, 2006 at 8:12 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, so is mine. But I’m trying that email thing up left and it’s working out really well. I’m going to post about it soon. Maybe tomorrow.

  123. June 20th, 2006 at 8:13 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris,
    I’m saying that Google does pretty well with the romance languages. Not at all well with the rest. Doesn’t even try with some.

  124. June 20th, 2006 at 8:14 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Liz, what does that email thing do? Is it for newsletters or feeds?

  125. June 20th, 2006 at 8:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Trisha,
    Are those little flowers safely in the ground and those bunny villains safely scared away?

  126. June 20th, 2006 at 8:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    The email will send you today’s posts in excerpt. If you want to read one you can click through to the blog. OR NOT.

    It arrives everyday at 3:15 and at the bottom are past post links so that you can dump old ones and don’t have to hold onto them.

  127. June 20th, 2006 at 8:16 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, Since I rode the short bus to language school, would you mind refreshing which ones are the romance languages. I seem to remember something about Europe…

  128. June 20th, 2006 at 8:17 pm
    Chris Cree said

    LIz, with Zookoda can you set the delivery time?

  129. June 20th, 2006 at 8:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sorry Chris. The ones based in Latin, Spanish, Italian, and French. I’m not sure about the rest. My language bus was only medium. :)

  130. June 20th, 2006 at 8:18 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Basketball…

  131. June 20th, 2006 at 8:19 pm
    Minic said

    hello Liz…

    hello… hello… mic test :)

  132. June 20th, 2006 at 8:19 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, with Zookoda you can set the delivery time, schedule the days, decide how many posts have to be there for it to go. What the subject line says, whether a note goes with it. It’s all in your control.

  133. June 20th, 2006 at 8:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Minic!!!!

    This is Minic. He’s the POWER behind The Blogging Times.

    Everyone tell him who you are.

  134. June 20th, 2006 at 8:21 pm
    Trisha said

    The liatris is planted, but I’m sure the bunnies are lurking somewhere. I’ve been running back out now and then and moving the hose around.

  135. June 20th, 2006 at 8:22 pm
    Trisha said

    I’m going to go back out for a few minutes again before its completely dark, I’ll be back later.

  136. June 20th, 2006 at 8:23 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Trisha,
    Meet Minic.
    Trisha has a butterfly garden. She actually raises caterpillars.

  137. June 20th, 2006 at 8:24 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hey Minic!

    I’m (one of) the guy(s) in Savannah. I’m the one with the questions…

  138. June 20th, 2006 at 8:24 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Trisha, are you aloud to say where you live? i used to have an organic veggie garden but had to give it up when i started traveling so much…

    i miss it.

    hi minic! (that’s not a verb, is it?)

  139. June 20th, 2006 at 8:25 pm
    Christine Kane said

    i mean, “allowed.” oops.

  140. June 20th, 2006 at 8:25 pm
    Deb said

    I’m so tired, but wanted to drop in a say HI

  141. June 20th, 2006 at 8:25 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, Minic
    Tell us about your name. :P

  142. June 20th, 2006 at 8:26 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Man, You’ve gotta move quick to catch Trisha!

    Breathe, girl, breathe!

    Christine, we figure out she’s in Missouri a while back. (Let me guess, You’re a Lone Star?)

  143. June 20th, 2006 at 8:27 pm
    Christine Kane said

    chris you gotta be kidding me… TEXAS? not even close. they’d never have me. i’m in asheville. not far from savannah.

  144. June 20th, 2006 at 8:29 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Oops! My bad. :oops:

    Ashville’s great. You guys get all the cooler weather. I’m jealous!

  145. June 20th, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    Christine Kane said

    savannah’s nice too. i performed there at…um….what’s the design school?

  146. June 20th, 2006 at 8:31 pm
    Joe said

    Still talking about the weather, huh Chris?
    Boy, you guys from Georgia…

  147. June 20th, 2006 at 8:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Deb!!!
    As you can see, we’re social. Sorry. No need to lose sleep over us.

    PIZZA!!!

    Minic, did you get a cold one? Would you rather chocolate and coffee?

  148. June 20th, 2006 at 8:31 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Savannah College of Art and Design (a.k.a. SCAD).

  149. June 20th, 2006 at 8:32 pm
    Christine Kane said

    That’s right. i knew it had a name that sounded like something you could catch.

  150. June 20th, 2006 at 8:33 pm
    Minic said

    Minic is a nickname, not a verb, but is definitely shorter than Dominic :)

  151. June 20th, 2006 at 8:33 pm
    Joe said

    See, it only took 45 comments to get a haircut…
    Not too bad.
    PIZZA!!!
    Yeah!!!

  152. June 20th, 2006 at 8:34 pm
    Chris Cree said

    “Something you could catch”!!! :lol:

    I’m roaring! I’m going to steal that one, if you don’t mind!

  153. June 20th, 2006 at 8:35 pm
    Christine Kane said

    as long as you’re not mean to the art students. they were all very sweet.

  154. June 20th, 2006 at 8:35 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Minic, I like it better than Dom, too.

    I think it’s more unique!

  155. June 20th, 2006 at 8:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Minic,
    Way Cool! That sort of nickname . . . you must be originally from somewhere east of the Mississippi.

  156. June 20th, 2006 at 8:36 pm
    Joe said

    But it sounds like a verb… ;-)

  157. June 20th, 2006 at 8:36 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Only 45 comments to get a Haircut!!!! Joe, for you that’s a time warp!!

  158. June 20th, 2006 at 8:37 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I’m never mean to the arts students. We had a bunch of them over for dinner just last night.

    I don’t get half of what they do… But I just explain the bit about the short bus and they seem to feel sorry for me.

    They are great folks!

  159. June 20th, 2006 at 8:38 pm
    Joe said

    I know, it took longer to catch up than it did to get the haircut LOL

  160. June 20th, 2006 at 8:38 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Do you sit on a park bench in the middle of town and talk about boxes of chocolates?

  161. June 20th, 2006 at 8:39 pm
    Joe said

    I was there, we had Bubba Gump Shrimp for dinner tonight…

  162. June 20th, 2006 at 8:39 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, I miss the weather up in your neck of the woods. Much more palatable!

  163. June 20th, 2006 at 8:40 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Hey!! Greetings all. Sorry I’m late. Nice place, Tuscany.

    [quaffs the wine]

    Mmmmmmm. Good stuff.

  164. June 20th, 2006 at 8:40 pm
    Joe said

    Yeah, Chris only 88 degrees and 95% humidity… real nice up here… ;-)

  165. June 20th, 2006 at 8:40 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Who are you asking about sitting on a park bench in the middle of town. Chris? He’s only playing . . . . He’s got zeitgeist written all over him.

  166. June 20th, 2006 at 8:41 pm
    Chris Cree said

    No, Christine. But I’ve seen the bench where they filmed that scene here. Or at least the square that the bench was in. I’m thinking they added that particular bench for the scene.

    Oh, and I LOVE chocolate! I don’t much care what I get!

  167. June 20th, 2006 at 8:42 pm
    ME Strauss said

    There’s no such thing as late, Tom. Have some pizza with your wine. Fresh tomatoes on there . . . we’re talking about the world, art, and everything. We have a celebrity here. Two or three I think

  168. June 20th, 2006 at 8:42 pm
    Minic said

    Liz,

    Live in Nj, blogs from NY :)

  169. June 20th, 2006 at 8:42 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Yeah, Joe. But does it cool down below 80 at night?

  170. June 20th, 2006 at 8:43 pm
    Christine Kane said

    I made the SCAD students show me that bench. and I listened to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil as I drove there. I was so prepared.

  171. June 20th, 2006 at 8:44 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Iowa feels like the South tonight. Hot & sticky. That’s the thing about the midwest – it can be like spending your winters in the Arctic and your summers in Death Valley.

  172. June 20th, 2006 at 8:44 pm
    Joe said

    I’ll let you know tomorrow…

  173. June 20th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    Kathleen said

    Hi.
    Mind if I crash the party?
    Nice to meetcha

  174. June 20th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    Joe said

    Christine,
    Indagoddadavida? baby

  175. June 20th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Chris, my daughter has talked about going to the Savannah School of Art and Design. Know anything about it?

  176. June 20th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Scadlodytes… lol

  177. June 20th, 2006 at 8:47 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hey Tom!

    Liz, I had to look up that word, zeitgeist, just to make sure you were still being nice.

    Even after reading the definition I’m scratching my head. Me? Say it isn’t so!

  178. June 20th, 2006 at 8:48 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Ciao, Kathleen! Bella Note! Grab a glass a wine and join the fun.

  179. June 20th, 2006 at 8:48 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi kathleen,
    Everyone! This is Kathleen. She commented for the first time today!
    Be nice to her.

  180. June 20th, 2006 at 8:48 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Great School! Tops in it’s field! Not cheap at all but worth every nickel!

    An Art Degree from SCAD is worth, well, bunches!

  181. June 20th, 2006 at 8:49 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hi Kathleen!

    Tom, I know some folks there, students and staff. Drop me an email and I’ll pass on what I know.

  182. June 20th, 2006 at 8:49 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Liz,
    I asked Jon Koster to join us tonight to see how his picture went over, think he will?

  183. June 20th, 2006 at 8:50 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Mark,
    Share the crayons with Kathleen. She doesn’t have any.

  184. June 20th, 2006 at 8:50 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Welcome Kathleen!

  185. June 20th, 2006 at 8:50 pm
    Chris Cree said

    But I’d second what Mark says. He’s probably more in tune with the art world than I am, though.

  186. June 20th, 2006 at 8:50 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Joe, you spelled it wrong.

  187. June 20th, 2006 at 8:51 pm
    Mark Wade said

    I’d be happy to Liz. Kathleen – stop by later and I’ll give ya’ some of the crayons Liz gave me :-)

  188. June 20th, 2006 at 8:51 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think it’s probably too late for him by now. He’s probably fast asleep. Which reminds me. It looks like AdLib must be back at his gaming again.

  189. June 20th, 2006 at 8:51 pm
    Kathleen said

    maybe no crayons but I have every color of colored pencils.
    and many kinds of scissors. I collect them. over 40 different kinds at last count

  190. June 20th, 2006 at 8:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oooooh, scissors. Mark you had better look out there!

  191. June 20th, 2006 at 8:53 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Chris, Tom – a few years ago I had a friend graduate from SCAD with a degree in 3D Graphic Design and he turned down a job at Disney to go to Europe!

  192. June 20th, 2006 at 8:53 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Tom,
    What’s new in the world of questions and answers? Got any good ones?

  193. June 20th, 2006 at 8:53 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, always the editor…
    You can fix it if you want. That way Jan won’t be angry with me.

  194. June 20th, 2006 at 8:53 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Christine, we have a very liberal spelling policy here.

    Liz made that rule for us short-bussers! ;)

    But anytime you want to give Joe a hard time is OK with me!

  195. June 20th, 2006 at 8:53 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Thanks for the feedback, though I don’t like the part about “expensive” – I’ll drop you an email, Chris.

    [passing indigo and burnt sienna crayons to Kathleen]

  196. June 20th, 2006 at 8:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Joe, What was I editing?

  197. June 20th, 2006 at 8:54 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Scissors??? Not on my Blog ya’ don’t LOL… I’ll sic Khaled on ya’…

  198. June 20th, 2006 at 8:55 pm
    Kathleen said

    thanks Tom
    I like how crayons smell, almost better than using them

  199. June 20th, 2006 at 8:55 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Mark! Way to bring the conversation full circle! Back to Europe! I love it!

  200. June 20th, 2006 at 8:55 pm
    Joe said

    Thanks guys, it’s not my speeleeng, itsss my tipping

  201. June 20th, 2006 at 8:57 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, it might be the wine…

    I’m just saying…

  202. June 20th, 2006 at 8:57 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Wow, Mark! Okay – maybe that kind of investment would be worth it!

    Just got back from Twin Cities, Liz. Best question I got lately was from my two teen daughters who – independently on the same day – asked me “So where have you been all day?!!”

    …ummmmmmm – it’s called WORK!

    oh to have summer break again!

  203. June 20th, 2006 at 8:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Scis-scis-scis-scissors
    I just couldn’t help myself. laffin’

    [said Liz thinking back to a week ago]

  204. June 20th, 2006 at 8:58 pm
    Joe said

    Sorry Liz,
    It was Christine who corrected me, I was reading too fast for my fingers again… ;-)

  205. June 20th, 2006 at 8:58 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Yep. I’m thinking it’s the wine….
    :lol:

  206. June 20th, 2006 at 9:00 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Speaking of wine, . . . . anyone need any snacks or beverages?

  207. June 20th, 2006 at 9:00 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Okay – crayons smell okay – but don’t TASTE them…it’s not like the wheat paste we use on the paper mache.

  208. June 20th, 2006 at 9:00 pm
    Joe said

    I knew we came to Tuscany for a good reason…

  209. June 20th, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I never, ever ate paste in my life. Not even once.

  210. June 20th, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Okay – I just got here – you guys have a BIG head start on the wine. Kathleen, we’ve got to catch up!

  211. June 20th, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    Kathleen said

    speaking of tuscany, I’ll take an italian margarita

  212. June 20th, 2006 at 9:02 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Okay – well maybe the Italian Margarita will get us there faster – what’s in it?

  213. June 20th, 2006 at 9:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good choice Kathleen. Let me fix you one, And while I do I’ll ask you a question.

    If you speak three languges, you are tri-lingual.
    If you speak two languages, you are bi-lingual.
    What are you if you speak only one?

    [see my next comment for the answer.]

  214. June 20th, 2006 at 9:03 pm
    Kathleen said

    same as a regular one but with a shot of amaretto di saranno

  215. June 20th, 2006 at 9:03 pm
    Trisha said

    Back again!

    Hello! Minic!

    I live in the St. Louis area.

  216. June 20th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Excellent Amaretto di Saranno, it is.

    If you speak one language you are . . . American

  217. June 20th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    Chris Cree said

    AMERICAN!!!

  218. June 20th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    Joe said

    Hey,
    I have a question…
    How come when I look in the mirror, my hair is Blonde, but after it’s cut and on the floor, it’s GRAY???

  219. June 20th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Tom – want you to know that my friend had a straight A GPA for four years (actually three, he condensed it), was on a full scholarship. Yep! Full. Paid not a cent to go to SCAD. He worked his a** off! Disney came to him while he was still in his last year. I have never seen software like he had (actually, I hope I never do again lol). Magnificent work he turned out – graphic animations and sh.. erm, stuff. His final, final exam was actually almost a full length movie.

    He got design software through SCAD that was incredibly intense. Even had to buy separate computers to run some of it on. Oh BTW – they have an unreal computer dept.

    I doubt I could say enough good things about SCAD. Wonderful school!

  220. June 20th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Got it. Great – I happen to have some amaretto. I’ll have to try that.

    Grazie!

  221. June 20th, 2006 at 9:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris,
    You get a link for that AMERICAN answer, by default!

    Joe, we live in a world with air that is full of pollution. Your hair picks it up on the way to the floor. ;)

  222. June 20th, 2006 at 9:05 pm
    Chris Cree said

    :lol: Joe, You’re killing me.

    Maybe it’s because your eye sight’s shot!

  223. June 20th, 2006 at 9:06 pm
    Kathleen said

    that’s funny but tragic, no?
    I’m bilingual btw. Passable in a third but not natively accented

  224. June 20th, 2006 at 9:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Tom,
    Prego, prego.

    Mark,
    You have me drooling about going to SCAD. I bet they have THE coolest crayons.

  225. June 20th, 2006 at 9:07 pm
    Cat said

    Hi Liz.

    I made it back for a mic night. Finally!

    Great topic – Tuscany and travel. Haven’t been to Tuscany, but it’s yet another place to check off of my growing list of places to do.

    Today I’m waiting on an email to decide whether or not to go to India on tuesday. The tickets have been booked … I’m just waiting … and trying to get work out of the way.

    And now for the fun … clicking the ‘notify me of further comments via e-mail’ box. I recommend everyone who isn’t doing it to give it a go. It’s a great experience on Liz’s blog :-D

  226. June 20th, 2006 at 9:08 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Kathleen, So you’re natively accented in two?

    I’m impressed!

  227. June 20th, 2006 at 9:08 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Aaaaah Joe…. thankful you have hair hehehe

  228. June 20th, 2006 at 9:08 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Sorry I’m late. I missed the train.

  229. June 20th, 2006 at 9:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Even better Cat, read just above you. The topic right now is the Savannah Art School.

  230. June 20th, 2006 at 9:08 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Yeah, Gorgeous says every day I still have hair is a good hair day!

  231. June 20th, 2006 at 9:09 pm
    Joe said

    Chris, I like Liz’s answer better, besides, it’s my fingers, not my eyes…

  232. June 20th, 2006 at 9:09 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Thanks for the good word, Mark. It will be interesting. I would love to see her go there – she’s a great young artist – but she’s still in that phase of changing her mind every month. Last month she wanted to be an archaeologist – the month before it was an Egyptologist. Who knows!? We’re taking her to the King Tut exhibit at Chicago Field Museum in a few weeks for her birthday.

  233. June 20th, 2006 at 9:10 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Tom, it sounds like she’ll be a GREAT artist. Most of the one’s I’ve met can’t decide what they want for LUNCH, much less their careers!

  234. June 20th, 2006 at 9:10 pm
    Kathleen said

    Tom, I work with designers. Personally, I’m real impressed with the caliber coming out of scad’s industrial design dept. and furniture dept. etc etc

  235. June 20th, 2006 at 9:11 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Liz, SCAD would drive you crazy I’m sure. You’d love it.

    SCAD has done some really wonderful things for downtown Savannah too. They’ve helped restore a lot of what had become blighted.

  236. June 20th, 2006 at 9:11 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Mike!! Ciao!

  237. June 20th, 2006 at 9:12 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Okay – I’m getting excited about the SCAD idea – especially because I’d have to go VISIT her there!

  238. June 20th, 2006 at 9:13 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    …and make Chris take me out to dinner because all my money would be going to tuition!

  239. June 20th, 2006 at 9:13 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Wow… that 7 Steps conversation is one that could continue…for 7 months

  240. June 20th, 2006 at 9:13 pm
    Christine Kane said

    HEY chris! be nice to the artists! it’s probably not the ARTIST thing that makes her scattered. it’s probably the TEEN-AGER thing.

  241. June 20th, 2006 at 9:13 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Mark’s right about revitalizing downtown.

    When I lived here 10 years ago there were so many derilct houses they could have given one to every homeless person and still had bunches left over. The city was dying.

    SCAD’s bought up bunches of property and fixed them up. They have one of the best historical preservation programs in the country I’m told.

  242. June 20th, 2006 at 9:14 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Savannah is a beautiful town (yeah – I’m a NY boy so Savannah is a town :P)

  243. June 20th, 2006 at 9:15 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Hey Tom, Chris, Christine, Liz, Mark…who’d I miss…raise your hand

  244. June 20th, 2006 at 9:15 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Christine, being indecisive isn’t a character flaw, it’s a descriptor.

    You want to hear a character flaw, come listen to me sing!

    Better bring your ear plugs!

  245. June 20th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Joe said

    Hand wavin in air…

  246. June 20th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    You tell ‘em Christine!!

  247. June 20th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Who’s doing the Al Martino imitation? It sounds like Jerry Vale

  248. June 20th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Christine Kane said

    hi mike. i’m a newbie. a blogling.

  249. June 20th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Cat said

    “The topic right now is the Savannah Art School.”

    It’s going way too fast for me this moring. I skimmed it quickly to figure out the discussion, then by the time I posted it had gone past bi lingual to … SCAD? …

    … oh well, I’ve got to get to work anyway. It’s wednesday morning out here and clients sort of expect one to work in the daylight.

    Have fun all!

  250. June 20th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Tom,
    When you come to Chicago, you have to let me know. I live right downtown. It would be so cool to see you!

  251. June 20th, 2006 at 9:17 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Mike – I think that was Chris doing Karaoke!

  252. June 20th, 2006 at 9:17 pm
    Mark Wade said

    “They have one of the best historical preservation programs in the country.” Absolutely…

    I’ve had the pleasure of working on restoring some of the historic homes and sometimes you even have to buy your paint in Charleston because it MUST be a certain color!

    Did you know – The Girl Scouts originated in Savannah?

  253. June 20th, 2006 at 9:17 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Hiya Joe!! Christine…a Blogling. I like it! You just became a seasoned vet in my book with that one.

  254. June 20th, 2006 at 9:17 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mike,
    Sorry I missed you coming in. I had to rescue someone who was being held captive by Askimet. It was a ferocious battle!

  255. June 20th, 2006 at 9:17 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Tom, you’re welcome in our town any day. I’d have to check with Gorgeous about springing for dinner though…

  256. June 20th, 2006 at 9:18 pm
    Christine Kane said

    chris, next time i play savannah, i’ll call you up on stage.

  257. June 20th, 2006 at 9:18 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    I’ll be you won Liz. The gang stepped up and made me feel at home likkety-split (though I did recognize your absence)

  258. June 20th, 2006 at 9:19 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Someone needs to get mark onto a different subject! i think he’s had too much to drink!

  259. June 20th, 2006 at 9:19 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Yeah, Mark – we have the same thing here in Pella, IA. All storefronts must have Dutch architecture and match certain historic Dutch color schemes.

  260. June 20th, 2006 at 9:20 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Christine, I’m not proud. Nor easily embarrassed. You’d probably regret it!

    I too hail from NY originally… (yes, it’s sort of a theme, I know.)

  261. June 20th, 2006 at 9:20 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Mike,
    I got lost in the SCAD conversation, I had nothing to add so I just sat by and hit the refresh a few dozen times,.

  262. June 20th, 2006 at 9:20 pm
    Christine Kane said

    i was in pella too! what a great little town!

  263. June 20th, 2006 at 9:20 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    So, Christine – when are you coming to Iowa?!

  264. June 20th, 2006 at 9:21 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Okay Christine :-) Can’t help it, I fell in love with Savannah. I’ve been to Asheville BTW – in another life.

  265. June 20th, 2006 at 9:21 pm
    Kathleen said

    Where’s everybody from?
    I’m in Las Cruces NM

  266. June 20th, 2006 at 9:21 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    What?! REALLY?!

  267. June 20th, 2006 at 9:22 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Bloglings are always welcome in Iowa. In fact, I guess I’m an Iowa Blogling Recruiter:-)

  268. June 20th, 2006 at 9:22 pm
    Christine Kane said

    tom, i’ve been in iowa more times than i can count. mostly in february. not the happiest time to be there! ames is nice though. i’ll be in des moines in september.

  269. June 20th, 2006 at 9:23 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Whew, Joe. I thought for a minute you were passed out under the table!

  270. June 20th, 2006 at 9:24 pm
    Christine Kane said

    mark, when were you in asheville?

    mike and tom are BOTH from iowa?

  271. June 20th, 2006 at 9:24 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Chritine, you realize you just coined a new word in here. “Blogling” is officially in. We had a conversation about what to use instead of “newbie” a while back. You’ve solved a problem for us!

  272. June 20th, 2006 at 9:25 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Great! Are you playing a gig? date/venue?

  273. June 20th, 2006 at 9:25 pm
    Christine Kane said

    kathleen, you’re so lucky. i just love new mexico. (i’m also a huge tony hillerman fan.)

  274. June 20th, 2006 at 9:26 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Tom! We should meet up sometime (again)…How about tomorrow. (If you ask why I do what I do – it’s so I can hang around offline with people like Tom…and online with folks like you!

  275. June 20th, 2006 at 9:26 pm
    Joe said

    No, Tom, Sometimes I just sit in my little time warp and refresh until there is something I can add of little value.
    Yes Chris, I said LITTLE VALUE LOL

  276. June 20th, 2006 at 9:27 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Ha – I was in Asheville… well, before you were a gleam in your parent’s eyes Christine :-)

    Certainly a looooong time before you became a Blogling, laffin’

  277. June 20th, 2006 at 9:27 pm
    Christine Kane said

    chris, as long as i get the credit when it makes history. (it came to me when i was doing the blog goals project for darren rowse’s thingee).

    tom, it’s on my tour dates page. (i’m mostly taking time off this year, so there aren’t many shows.) i don’t remember the place off hand. i don’t remember the date either. how’s that for self-promotion?

  278. June 20th, 2006 at 9:27 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, remember Galaxy Quest?
    Maybe you’re the plucky comic relief?

  279. June 20th, 2006 at 9:28 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    I’m still planning on late afternoon, Mike -

    Yeah, Christine – Mike and I both live here…

    with the cows…

    …and pigs…

    and presidential candidates

  280. June 20th, 2006 at 9:29 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Tom, how do you tell them apart?

  281. June 20th, 2006 at 9:29 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Mark,
    Have you been to Christine’s site to hear her sing and see her picture? She’s quite a celebrity.

  282. June 20th, 2006 at 9:29 pm
    Mark Wade said

    New Mexico is unbelievably beautiful also! I felt like I was on Mars when we drove through. Amazing.

  283. June 20th, 2006 at 9:29 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    NP – I’ll check it out so Mike and I can come with our wives and seriously skew your demographics.

  284. June 20th, 2006 at 9:30 pm
    Joe said

    Chris, did that make it past 5 shows???
    I don’t think so, but I’m not sure…

  285. June 20th, 2006 at 9:31 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    HA! Chris! You’re killing me.

    My wife and I really want to go to Sante Fe – I’ve heard such great things about the art community there.

  286. June 20th, 2006 at 9:32 pm
    Christine Kane said

    tom, the demographic is pretty wide. no need to worry at all.

  287. June 20th, 2006 at 9:33 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sante Fe is REALLY artsy, but the margaritas are soooo good.

  288. June 20th, 2006 at 9:33 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Liz – a long time ago, in this thread far far away… Christine told me she wasn’t a celeb. But, yes, I have gone to her site. I’ll be going back to find out more.

    That was funny Chris! Love It!!! “how do you tell them apart?”

  289. June 20th, 2006 at 9:34 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Well I mean the cows are generally larger than the pigs…

  290. June 20th, 2006 at 9:34 pm
    Kathleen said

    Tom, Santa Fe is nice, overpriced and a little overblown but you know… try Taos. I’m going there this weekend (solar music festival)

  291. June 20th, 2006 at 9:34 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Speaking of Art and Santa Fe, have any of you been to Sedona?

  292. June 20th, 2006 at 9:35 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Okay, Okay (Joe Pesci imitation?)…so a local publication says they are running a feature and want to talk to me …I say cool, he says he’ll email me info…

  293. June 20th, 2006 at 9:35 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    You can generally tell the presidential candidates by the smell.

  294. June 20th, 2006 at 9:35 pm
    Joe said

    And the politicians are the one’s with s**t on their faces…

  295. June 20th, 2006 at 9:35 pm
    Kathleen said

    sedona is beautiful but they’ve got a fire just now

  296. June 20th, 2006 at 9:35 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Kathleen, I’m intrigued. What’s solar music? Sound hot.

  297. June 20th, 2006 at 9:36 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Yes, I’ve heard alot about Taos – sounds beautiful. Julia Cameron talks a lot about it in her books.

  298. June 20th, 2006 at 9:36 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    turns out…the feature is an ADVERT and he wants me to buy an ad…I ask if his publication is going to use RSS or feeds soon. He never heard of it…he’s in marketing. I turn him down, and he asks how I expect to build my business.

    What’s up with that?

  299. June 20th, 2006 at 9:36 pm
    Mark Wade said

    I’ve been following it Kathleen, darn shame…

    Magnificent scenery. It will come back if its damaged.

    We’ve considered buying there.

  300. June 20th, 2006 at 9:37 pm
    Chris Cree said

    :lol:

    Tom, Joe, …

  301. June 20th, 2006 at 9:37 pm
    Kathleen said

    Taos is the solar (energy) capital of the world.
    It’s a music festival 3 day concert powered entirely with solar energy.
    Indigo Girls headlined last year

  302. June 20th, 2006 at 9:37 pm
    Christine Kane said

    julia cameron lives in taos. or she used to.

    never been to sedona.

  303. June 20th, 2006 at 9:38 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    So I’m flipping a coin here…Savannah or Sante Fe, Santa Fe or Savannah…and all the while….rooting for it to come up Evanston ( IL, not WY)

  304. June 20th, 2006 at 9:38 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Oh. I get it. Like I said, it sounds hot!

  305. June 20th, 2006 at 9:39 pm
    Christine Kane said

    mike, my vote would be santa fe.

    though, if you wanted to meet mark in person, he’d probably join you in savannah!

  306. June 20th, 2006 at 9:39 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Where have Tom and Joe gone?

  307. June 20th, 2006 at 9:39 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Yeah – Mike and I are planning a barnstorming tour of Wisconsin (lots of cows there) and Chicago (lots of wind there) sometime in July

  308. June 20th, 2006 at 9:39 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Evanston IL? Where’s that? J/K

  309. June 20th, 2006 at 9:40 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Cool. Mike and Tom in Chicago — Wll you be here for TechCocktail on July 6?

  310. June 20th, 2006 at 9:40 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I second the cows thing in Wisconsin.
    State motto: Come smell our dairy air!

  311. June 20th, 2006 at 9:41 pm
    Mark Wade said

    “though, if you wanted to meet mark in person, he’d probably join you in savannah!”

    No doubt! ;-)

  312. June 20th, 2006 at 9:41 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Tom, maybe we should make a beeline to Zion (just south of Kenosha) and meet everyone in the middle?

  313. June 20th, 2006 at 9:41 pm
    Joe said

    I’m sulking, Chris yelled at me and Tom… ;-(

  314. June 20th, 2006 at 9:42 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Not yelled, silly. I was laughing too hard to type!

  315. June 20th, 2006 at 9:42 pm
    Kathleen said

    …continues mumbling to herself as she shuffles off to make a watermelon margarita…

  316. June 20th, 2006 at 9:42 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Sedona is absolutely perfect if you’re the artsy type…

  317. June 20th, 2006 at 9:43 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    The problem is, would anyone come to Zion to meet US?

  318. June 20th, 2006 at 9:43 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Kathleen, you seem to have a thing for fruity margarita’s…

  319. June 20th, 2006 at 9:44 pm
    Christine Kane said

    And Kathleen, the real question is, what kind of tequila are you using?

  320. June 20th, 2006 at 9:44 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    I don’t know if I want to be labled “artsy type”!

  321. June 20th, 2006 at 9:45 pm
    Joe said

    But, Chris, I had to finish the cows are taller than the pigs thing with the politicians… ;-)

  322. June 20th, 2006 at 9:45 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Probably not Tom. In fact, the 100 that live there may scatter.

  323. June 20th, 2006 at 9:45 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Aw Tom, LIVE A LITTLE. Get out of your comfort zone! Be artsy!

  324. June 20th, 2006 at 9:45 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Careful, Tom. Christine might take umbrage!

  325. June 20th, 2006 at 9:46 pm
    Christine Kane said

    I took umbrage long ago. And Liz, where are you in all of this?

  326. June 20th, 2006 at 9:46 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    I don’t know Mike – you know me – would you lable me “artsy”?

  327. June 20th, 2006 at 9:47 pm
    Joe said

    Is that what you carry when it rains???
    An Umbrage?

  328. June 20th, 2006 at 9:47 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    label even

  329. June 20th, 2006 at 9:47 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, Joe. Joe. I was laughing because of yours and Tom’s comments. About the pigs, etc.

  330. June 20th, 2006 at 9:48 pm
    Mark Wade said

    The game is tied, brb

  331. June 20th, 2006 at 9:48 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    I thought it was one of those Hungarian cars. The new 2 door Umbrage.

  332. June 20th, 2006 at 9:49 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Tom…eclectic maybe, artsy? Yeah…I’d say there’s some artsy in ya

  333. June 20th, 2006 at 9:49 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, actually, I’m not really sure. I remember hearing it in a line from Serenity though.

  334. June 20th, 2006 at 9:50 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Okay – I was doing Shakespeare in tights last week – I guess I better own up to artsy.

  335. June 20th, 2006 at 9:50 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You guys are silly.

  336. June 20th, 2006 at 9:51 pm
    Joe said

    Chris Cree, ever the Sci-Fi guy…

  337. June 20th, 2006 at 9:51 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Actually Tom, it’s that concrete embankment the put to support the bridge foundation – the umbrage.

  338. June 20th, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Liz, this is almost like watching a telethon – seeing your Alexa numbers improve with every refresh:-)

  339. June 20th, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Umbrage. I thought that was what Scrooge said, “Bah umbrage!”

  340. June 20th, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    Starbucker said

    Hey folks, Starbucker here – did I see some interesting comments about cows in my native Wisconsin? We have more than cows, you know. There’s a lot of taverns and beer too.

  341. June 20th, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Thanks everyone for including me in the fun! i’m going out to walk my dog in the 70 degree night air! (bragging a little here.)

  342. June 20th, 2006 at 9:53 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Hey Mike – Did you see that Google Analytics accepted me?! I’m SOMEONE now!

  343. June 20th, 2006 at 9:53 pm
    Chris Cree said

    And don’t forget cheese! Of course that comes from all the cows.
    Oh, and snow. Cold weather. And most importantly the PACKERS!

  344. June 20th, 2006 at 9:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hiya Starbucker!
    Great to see you! Come on in! Here’s a cold one!

    Bye Christine. Hope to see you tomorrow! Tell the puppy hello!

  345. June 20th, 2006 at 9:54 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Hiya Starbucker!

  346. June 20th, 2006 at 9:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Tom VW
    You’ve always been someone. Google only just found out!

  347. June 20th, 2006 at 9:55 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Christine, twas a pleasure. Hope to see you in September

  348. June 20th, 2006 at 9:55 pm
    Joe said

    Nite Christine,
    Bring the dog along next time, he can join the donkey, moose and reindeer.

  349. June 20th, 2006 at 9:55 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Bye Christine! Yes, I’ve got weather envy.

    Congratulations TOM!

    Starbucker, you wouldn’t happen to be a Battlestar Galactica fan, by any chance?

  350. June 20th, 2006 at 9:57 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Nice meeting you Christine! SB! Ciao!

  351. June 20th, 2006 at 9:57 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Yes, Tom…Congrats! Now Google thinks you’re artsy!

  352. June 20th, 2006 at 9:57 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Tom! Did you really say “tights”??!! I sorta missed that.

  353. June 20th, 2006 at 9:57 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Packer fans are NOT allowed at open mic night!!!!

  354. June 20th, 2006 at 9:57 pm
    Starbucker said

    Ah yes, the beloved Packers. I bleed Green and Gold, ya know? And, of course, Brett Favre is my hero. And I own a Cheesehead.

  355. June 20th, 2006 at 9:57 pm
    Joe said

    Told ya, Chris Cree, Sci-Fi Guy… ;-)

  356. June 20th, 2006 at 9:58 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Ha! Nice one, Chris. I thought no one was going to catch that!

  357. June 20th, 2006 at 9:59 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, man SB. You and I are going to have serious problems come Packers/Vikings Sundays.

  358. June 20th, 2006 at 9:59 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Now, Tom. I’m not sure how much authority you can wield in those tights…

  359. June 20th, 2006 at 10:00 pm
    Tom Vander Well said

    Gotta run for a bit – my beloved wants a few moments alone ;)

  360. June 20th, 2006 at 10:00 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    *Arrives at 353 comments …

    I’ll gander the previous 353 comments in a few moments .. I was AFK or, “Away from Computer” for you NON-Instant Messenger people reading this.

    2 things this week for me:

    1) I broke down and bought a new video card for this computer .. I kept prolonging the inevitable (with views like THIS) .. OH YA! THAT’s What a clean screen looks like now! I can see! I can See!

    2) Went to cottage last weekend. I put pictures up on the www .. if anybody is interested..

  361. June 20th, 2006 at 10:00 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey, hey, time for a cold one. would you guys like to drink them or wear them? :)

  362. June 20th, 2006 at 10:01 pm
    Joe said

    Ok, I won’t say anything about EAGLES. Now that we are over the T.O. fiasco, we may just have a winning TEAM again…

  363. June 20th, 2006 at 10:02 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Holy Smokes! It’s pumpkin hour here in steamy Savannah. I gotta go a snoozin.
    Liz, keep an eye peeled for the moose and the donkey. Wouldn’t do to have them drooling in the chips!

    Hi, Heart! Bye, Heart!

  364. June 20th, 2006 at 10:04 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Is that a train whistle coming down the line?
    I shoulda been in bed, it’s well after nine
    But a headline jumped in front of my sight
    Open Mic – It’s Tuesday night.

    I say all that with just one more thing
    When it comes to community, Liz grabs the ring
    If you’re thinking what it is that’s truly your niche
    Someday I’ll build one like you have is my biggest wish.

    night:-)

  365. June 20th, 2006 at 10:04 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi Cheris Bye Cheris … (deliberately placing a secret “E” in chris’s name like he does with HART’s name) :)

  366. June 20th, 2006 at 10:05 pm
    Starbucker said

    Liz, I believe drinking is better than wearing – that rule, of course, does not apply if you are in a college dorm or a corner pub, trying to sing “Proud Mary” with the jukebox (if it sounds like an actual experience, ah, yes it is).

  367. June 20th, 2006 at 10:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    EVERYBODY HART
    Hi Hart!

    Good night Tom!
    Good night Chris!

  368. June 20th, 2006 at 10:05 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Oh – I’m still on page 5 reading . Are we rhyming now?

  369. June 20th, 2006 at 10:06 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I’m with Joe on the spelling thing. Blond too… Fat fingers… Sleep deprived…

    And begging H-A-R-T’s forgiveness!

  370. June 20th, 2006 at 10:06 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good choice Starbucker,
    At least on most occasions. :)

  371. June 20th, 2006 at 10:07 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi Liz .,.. How are you tonight? Saw all your pictures from last week’s trip that you posted. You need a gallery.

  372. June 20th, 2006 at 10:07 pm
    Mike Sansone said

    Howdy Hart,
    Sorry I’m late
    I must depart
    Have a 6am date

  373. June 20th, 2006 at 10:07 pm
    Joe said

    It seems that Hi HART is always late,
    For that ever important date.
    But, never will you find
    Hi HART to be unkind.
    So now, I must bid adeau
    to all the rest of you.

    Hi HART, bye HART.
    Nite, Nite Liz.
    Sleep tight to the rest of you.
    Joe

  374. June 20th, 2006 at 10:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hart,
    Have you met Starbucker? Starbucker, this is Hart.

    Tonight has been a most interesting night. We’ve been talking about everything!

  375. June 20th, 2006 at 10:08 pm
    Scot Herrick said

    Late again due to Pacific Time. I see Liz asked where I was on my vacation last week (and thanks for tipping the hat to the crowd last Tuesday!).

    The full story is here:
    http://www.scotherrick.com/writeblog/2006/6/19/vacation-review-2006.html

    Including, AHEMMM, visiting Brett Favre’s charity softball game and a tour of Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers.

    I also saw Bessie on vacation in Wisconsin, up from California. I’ll have another interview with her getting her perspective on the Happy Cow phenom in California.

    The original interview is here…
    http://www.scotherrick.com/writeblog/2006/4/26/california-happy-cows-is-a-myth-the-interview.html

    Secretly – not publicized yet – I was told that Bessies hooves curled after seeing her studly bull back in Cheeseland. Too funny.

    It’s good to be back online…375+ comments and all!

    Scot

  376. June 20th, 2006 at 10:09 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Joe
    Good night, Mike

  377. June 20th, 2006 at 10:09 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Chris .. Just kidding .. Actually, I go by any name .. My wife seems to like DUMBASS lately .. but, only periodically *cougheverymonthorsocoughcough*

  378. June 20th, 2006 at 10:11 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    ~waves to Starbucker ..

    * don’t worry .. HART will not be rhyming this post .. maybe next one

  379. June 20th, 2006 at 10:11 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hart, maybe you could ask her to call you Jack?
    Sorry. Now I’m really out of here! I’ll get it right next week…
    Night all!

  380. June 20th, 2006 at 10:12 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hart,
    Thanks for the comments about the pictures. But a gallery for two picture is hardly a gallery. I think I’ll wait a bit. :)

  381. June 20th, 2006 at 10:13 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Scott,
    I have this most unique image in my mind of you interviewing a cow.

  382. June 20th, 2006 at 10:13 pm
    Starbucker said

    Howdy Hart! I think we’ve exhausted the rhyming on your name though.

    Scot, so you’ve been to the altar of Packerland. Yep, I am jealous. Don’t tell me you spoke with Brett too?

  383. June 20th, 2006 at 10:16 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Liz .. there are simple galleries out there. I have several across my blogs, but they are work to keep up. This week I put up a simple one – everything in a directory shows up. I use a thumbnail program (Easy Thumbnails) and just copy all the pictures into a “small” directory and convert them into 400px.

    Here’s the results .. – the cottage.
    http://HBSMC.com/victoriabeach/

    I’m going to add pictures every weekend or when I go to this URL. It’s not Tuscany .. but, gets you sunburnt.

  384. June 20th, 2006 at 10:17 pm
    Scot Herrick said

    Hi Starbucker,

    Nope, didn’t speak with him. However, SO got Bubba Franks and Kenny Peterson’s autographs – and to touch the grass on Lambeau Field. She was one happy camper…!

  385. June 20th, 2006 at 10:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hart,
    The BIG difference is that your pictures are pretty. :)

  386. June 20th, 2006 at 10:18 pm
    Scot Herrick said

    Hi Liz,

    I also talk to my computer. After that, interviewing Bessie is a piece of cake. Which, of course, is better than a piece of beef, considering the interviewee….!

  387. June 20th, 2006 at 10:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Scot,
    You didn’t even talk to the cows in Wisconsin???

  388. June 20th, 2006 at 10:19 pm
    Trisha said

    Anyone still here?

  389. June 20th, 2006 at 10:19 pm
    Starbucker said

    Nice Scot! It’s real good to be happy. I’m in Billings Montana right now -anybody been there?

  390. June 20th, 2006 at 10:19 pm
    Trisha said

    I guess so!

  391. June 20th, 2006 at 10:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Whew! I feel so much better, knowing that you DID get that interview with BESSIE and I didn’t mishear you. I didn’t want delete the great picture I had in my head.

  392. June 20th, 2006 at 10:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Trisha!
    Welcome back!

  393. June 20th, 2006 at 10:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Starbucker,
    Did you go to a Monterastelli wedding?

  394. June 20th, 2006 at 10:23 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Trisha,
    What’s the update on the garden?

  395. June 20th, 2006 at 10:24 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    ~waves to newcomers arriving and oldcomers still here (as if I was an old hat .. since I just got here 5 minutes ago m’self)

  396. June 20th, 2006 at 10:24 pm
    Starbucker said

    Can’t say I did Liz – should I have?

  397. June 20th, 2006 at 10:26 pm
    ME Strauss said

    It was in Billings last September. There was a chance you might have.

    My brothers live in Wyoming. My nephew got married in Billings.

  398. June 20th, 2006 at 10:31 pm
    Trisha said

    It’s going ok. Didn’t have time to put any mulch out though, but it was still pretty warm out there too, even as it was getting dark.

  399. June 20th, 2006 at 10:32 pm
    Starbucker said

    No kidding – small world. I come here on business quite a bit, but haven’t had a chance to attend any weddings (unfortunately). Just work and (a good thing) a chance to sit in on this great conversation from my lovely hotel room!

  400. June 20th, 2006 at 10:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ah Trisha,
    That’s too bad.Mulching used to be my favorite part. Well being done with it anyway.

  401. June 20th, 2006 at 10:35 pm
    Trisha said

    I’ll do it in a day or two – I like doing it!

  402. June 20th, 2006 at 10:36 pm
    ME Strauss said

    So Starbucker,
    I’m in Chicago, Harts in Canada — so he knows everyone. Trisha’s in Missouri. Where do you live? Did you say so already and I missed it?

  403. June 20th, 2006 at 10:37 pm
    Trisha said

    Is Brian still here?

  404. June 20th, 2006 at 10:38 pm
    Starbucker said

    Nope, you didn’t – I live in Stamford, CT. I love Chicago, by the way – used to go there quite a bit when I was growing up in Milwaukee.

  405. June 20th, 2006 at 10:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think Brian is off watching the game.

  406. June 20th, 2006 at 10:40 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh yeah, Starbucker,
    I remember that now. I saw you lived in Stamford when I was at your blog. Stamford to Billings is quite a haul.

    Milwaukee to Chicago is a skip and a jump.

  407. June 20th, 2006 at 10:45 pm
    Starbucker said

    Yes it is – I spend a lot of time in planes and cars – as you know, I much prefer cars drivng throught the mountains (on 4 lane roads!). Not many mountains in CT (or Milwaukee or Chicago for that matter). I notice Hart’s from Winnepeg, correct? Not many mountains there either. What about in Trisha’s part of Missouri?

  408. June 20th, 2006 at 10:47 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’m not sure that Trisha’s still around.

  409. June 20th, 2006 at 10:48 pm
    ME Strauss said

    So what is there to do in Billings, Montana?

  410. June 20th, 2006 at 10:50 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    No mountains here! Winnipeg is about as flat as it gets .. in the Prairies .. Even worse, we’re in the Red River Valley .. where there used to be a glacier or lake or something. We had that “flood of a century” back in 1997.,

  411. June 20th, 2006 at 10:53 pm
    Trisha said

    I’m still around – sorry I didn’t see that!

    Mountains here? No

  412. June 20th, 2006 at 10:54 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    [babbling on]

    But .. despite our Mountainless province .. we have something like 10,000 lakes and sunny skies :) We get cold weather, lots of snow, short summers though… Land is cheap up here in the Great White North! Okay, maybe not really cheap. In fact, in past 3-4 years quite overly priced some would say .. but, isnt it like that everywhere?

    [babbling off]

  413. June 20th, 2006 at 10:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    We’re all slowing down a bit, I think. :)

  414. June 20th, 2006 at 10:57 pm
    Trisha said

    I’m slowing down but I still have a few things to do tonight before I can go to bed.

  415. June 20th, 2006 at 10:58 pm
    Starbucker said

    Not much, really, but I will say this – there is a street here that I swear has every single chain restaurant and retail store known to mankind. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere.

  416. June 20th, 2006 at 10:58 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hart,
    I so live for your stories. You make it sound wonderful there!

  417. June 20th, 2006 at 11:02 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    I still have one story in moderation (hint,hint) … :)

    Trying to speed things up .. I’ve been watching YouTube the past few days .. not just watching the odd video around the net, but actually surfing their site, subscribing to a few .. and well .. am I sick? Should I be exorcized?

  418. June 20th, 2006 at 11:02 pm
    Trisha said

    61-writing-voice-the-sound-of-your-brand – I need to remember that or print that out

  419. June 20th, 2006 at 11:02 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Starbucker,
    That sounds amazing, but I can almost picture it. Big Big sky and all that store noise under it.

    Well guys,

    I think I really need to call it a night now . . . I’m losing my power to put together a sentence.

    Time for me to say Sweet Dreams to this Open Comment Night.

    Here’s the Keys to the Bar and the Blog.

  420. June 20th, 2006 at 11:04 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Miami Heat! 2006 NBA Champs!

  421. June 20th, 2006 at 11:04 pm
    Trisha said

    me too – good night all!

  422. June 20th, 2006 at 11:05 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Well .. I’ll be up for many hours to come .. so, I’ll watch the keys this week .. at least until the night crew arrives … G’night Liz & anybody leaving ..

    If anybody is around and wants to chat about some deep stuff well .. I’m not your person .. However, if you want to shoot the chit .. heck! Count me in.

  423. June 20th, 2006 at 11:06 pm
    Starbucker said

    Likewise for me – I’m still on Eastern time. It’s been a blast Liz – nice to meet you Hart and Trisha. Keep the faith!

  424. June 20th, 2006 at 11:06 pm
    ME Strauss said

    OH Mark.

    Brian won’t be happy.

  425. June 20th, 2006 at 11:07 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi Mark .. So .. is it over now? What do you watch now that it’s over?

  426. June 20th, 2006 at 11:07 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Carolina Hurricanes! 2006 Stanley Cup Champs!

    We’re keepin’ them in the South!

    Sorry Brian :-)

  427. June 20th, 2006 at 11:08 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Hey Hart,

    Now its back to dull old baseball lol

  428. June 20th, 2006 at 11:08 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Bye Starbucker .. Nice to meet you .. I visited your blog and commented :)

  429. June 20th, 2006 at 11:11 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    RIGHT! Baseball :)

    There’s also CFL Football .. Winnipeg Blue Bombers are back in the Eastern Division (if that means anything) although, we’re 0-1 now in last place

  430. June 20th, 2006 at 11:15 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    oh, and congrats to the EVIL AMERICAN EMPIRE team Carolina who beat our WHOLESOME Team Edmonton Last night … *sniffles*

  431. June 20th, 2006 at 11:16 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Oh yeah – CFL. Ricky Williams, Toronto Argonauts…

  432. June 20th, 2006 at 11:17 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Hey, I went a whole year without hockey. I didn’t care who won actually. But since I went to school in Raleigh, Carolina will do :-)

  433. June 20th, 2006 at 11:24 pm
    Mark Wade said

    Wow, I guess we’re all wrung out so… have a great night everyone. Sleep tight and cya tomorrow.

  434. June 20th, 2006 at 11:25 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    oh, actually – I don’t care either .. I was just trying to start a CANADA vs USA war lol .. j/k

    As for CFL – I’m the same way – Go to an occassional game, and watch when visiting my dad .. but honestly, couldn’t care less and would wonder stuff like “How many spam emails have I been receiving watching this football game?” or “I could be working to make up for the lost time spent blogging or commenting on Liz’s Open Mike Night”…

  435. June 20th, 2006 at 11:30 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    G’night .. // going too
    * Leaves keys on the Bar Stool ..

  436. June 21st, 2006 at 12:40 am
    Shananagan said

    So… I think I’m too late! :D I was fighting for the computer over at the house you see and well I lost until now.

  437. June 21st, 2006 at 4:58 am
    Jamsi said

    Note to self, never click the “show all comments” link when visiting Liz’s blog ….

  438. June 21st, 2006 at 5:20 am
    Keith Dsouza said

    Well the Mike has been everywhere for last few days and my God do you get people talking, The mic is getting better day by day.

    Hey btw did you know BlogHerald is having a How I blog series going on. I made it there fortunately.

    Cheers
    Keith

  439. June 21st, 2006 at 6:14 am
    ME Strauss said

    Mark and Hart,
    Thanks for the sports and weather recap at the end of the news and for closing after. You guys will get more in your check this week for sure. But then my dad always said that 2 times nothing is still going to be nothing. :)

  440. June 21st, 2006 at 6:15 am
    ME Strauss said

    Jamsi,
    I’m smiling to think you stopped by. Hope you had your wine with you. Tuscany is quite trip to make all the way from Australia without something to drink on the way. . . . Thanks for being here. It means something.

  441. June 21st, 2006 at 6:17 am
    ME Strauss said

    Keith — IN THE BLOG HERALD!!

    Yessiree! And I remember when you only had one blog. You’re going places, Mr. D. I see you getting bigger by the minute!

  442. June 21st, 2006 at 6:29 am
    ME Strauss said

    Shananagan,
    You are never to late to open mic night. I’m sure there will be folks who stop by this morning to see who arrived and added a few words while we were all sleeping.

    You are a full-fledged part of what happened.

  443. June 21st, 2006 at 8:25 am
    Martin said

    Okay, I’m here … has this thing started …. D’oh!!!

    Moi took today off to write a batch of posts and to catch up on listening to some 20 podcasts I’ve downloaded over time. Gosh there’s some poor quality shyte going around. Way too many podcasts sound like they’re being recorded from the toilet.

    b5 together with the Fox thing: Great stuff. Good for blogging in general.

    The Bog Herald revamp: it’s about bloody time. Now all I want to see is some quality newsy posting.

    Hart – did you listen to the Jeremy/Tyme podcast – at the end she gives you a little bit of a biach slap.

    Why is char letting dk soil his blog?

    For Aussie readers: Go Pies

    For the World Cup: Australila, let’s beat Croatia and get into the last 16. We can do it!!!

    For cricket lovers: are you waiting in anticiptation for the Ashes? Not to worry – Australia will smack the Poms silly.

    And that’s all folks (as I come to the party late) – errr, and I’m frustrated: your nighttime is my midday (prime time for my business) – so I can’t engage excpet comment 7 hours after the fun has been had.

  444. June 21st, 2006 at 8:28 am
    ME Strauss said

    Great update, Martin.

    Have you a suggestion on when a better time might be?

  445. June 21st, 2006 at 8:44 am
    Mark Wade said

    “Why is char letting dk soil his blog?”

    Now there’s an excellent question!

    Another might be – why has dk gotten the entire blogosphere snowed with bs? What the %$&^#%%$ is everyone thinking?

  446. June 21st, 2006 at 8:47 am
    ME Strauss said

    Snow on the June solstice. Do you think that’s what it is? I think it’s something entirely different. Cotton candy maybe or cotton wool.

  447. June 21st, 2006 at 8:49 am
    Mark Wade said

    hehehe – I think soil is the key word, see where you can take it from there LOL… (my first thought after soil is diaper, your turn)

  448. June 21st, 2006 at 8:53 am
    ME Strauss said

    Soil, bark mulch, peat humus

  449. June 21st, 2006 at 8:55 am
    Mark Wade said

    Too fertile, sorry, they don’t work for me – Hey! Have a great day, I’m off to work :-) Later…

  450. June 21st, 2006 at 8:57 am
    ME Strauss said

    See you!

  451. June 21st, 2006 at 9:07 am
    Martin said

    Liz … it’ll be hard, because I’m presuming your main audience comes from the Nth America.

    My 7pm is your 4am. I think you should stick to your time as it obviously works (400+ comments can’t be wrong) – Ah, the tyranny of distance and timezones.

    Open Mic is a let-down-your-hair, night thing – it wouldn’t really work any other time.

    Mark: Exactly! What is everyone thinking – he’s latest efforts are cringe worthy – Have you seen PopCrunch and PRBlogging – utter crapola. He’s trying to be like Char and it’s a pale imitation, it’s so obvious.

  452. June 21st, 2006 at 9:10 am
    ME Strauss said

    Martin,
    This is slowly leaking over into the next day, you know.

    Maybe the time just won’t matter soon. :)

    Check out what I just posted. ;)

  453. June 21st, 2006 at 9:55 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hey Martin .. I listened to the podcast and yes heard the comments (around 73:50) .. Stuff like that never bothers me (sticks and stones type of thing) although I’m not too bright .. maybe it should? lol..

    PS .. I’ve actually like that popcrunch site and that YouTube sub-blog is a helluvan idea. I wish I got around to doing that.

  454. June 21st, 2006 at 7:20 pm
    Martin said

    Hart … wouldn’t bother me too – in fact I liked the comment she was referring to. Very witty. And you know it worked because it got a rise out of her.

    PS. Sorry it doesn’t do much for me – I think he’s been drinking too much of chars koolaid – take a lookat PRBlogging: those sloppy headlines are a pale imitiation of Chartreuse’s style. PopCrunch: A Jolie

    What’s more fascinating to me is the influence Chartreuse has managed to build up for himself. He’s attracted a great group of loyal followers. It’s a really fascinating study as he’s brought in many new techniques.

  455. June 21st, 2006 at 7:24 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Martin,
    I ready your last sentence and I was dying to respond like this.

    Really.

  456. July 13th, 2006 at 2:36 pm
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    I would like to get in touch with Mr Jan Koster. I am currently a visiting professor in the USA. Have you got any contact information of Mr Koster? If you do, please forward it to me. We were at school in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.

    Kind regards. Ms André Du Toit (nee Du Plessis)

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